Misfits: Series 1 (2009)

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Series 1
Misfits

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The premise of ordinary people gaining superpowers has been done before, but this irreverent yet gritty drama stands out from the crowd by making its heroes a group of young offenders doing court-mandated community service.

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When five teenagers dropouts get caught in a flash storm whilst doing community service, they discover the freak weather has left them with strange powers. Shy loner Simon (Iwan Rheon) can make himself invisible, tough girl Kelly (Lauren Socha) can hear other people's thoughts, sporty Curtis (Nathan Stewart Jarrett) can turn back time, whilst beautiful Alisha (Antonia Thomas) can send people into a sexual frenzy with just one touch. The only 'misfit' to remain unaffected is cocky Nathan (Robert Sheehan), but his background appears intriguing enough. Now the gang find themselves in the position to carry out some real community service, but are they ready for the challenge?

Cast

Robert Sheehan
as Nathan Young
Iwan Rheon
as Simon Bellamy
Lauren Socha
as Kelly
Nathan Stewart Jarrett
as Curtis Donovan
Antonia Thomas
as Alisha Bailey

Critic Reviews for Misfits Series 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Happily, it delivers much more than it should.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a new union - salty British street humour with whizz-bang special effects - but Misfits has enough energy, irreverence and bare naked teen flesh to keep E4's core audience happy.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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Whether the quality stays as high remains to be seen. But it's a testament to the talent of the young cast, in particular, that Misfits blazed onto the screen with such a terrific sense of humour, self-confidence and brio.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

So I was pleased to actually really like the characters, even though they're presented as stereotypes, they're stereotypes that seem to be given room to grow.

Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The results are brilliantly funny, wildly inventive, and occasionally very moving - not unlike Skins itself.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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This show had me in stitches.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…

So, it's kind of Skins meets Heroes in Asbo-land, but so far Misfits is promising not to be as formulaic as that makes it sound.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The real joy of the show... is the performances.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Indeed, despite my initial expectations that the powers would largely serve as a Buffy-style metaphor for youth, the show is generally quite subtle about doing this, using the powers to illuminate character traits, rather than as straight analogues.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The performances are confident and very funny, and the ensemble gels well.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's easy to see why Misfits pulled in a BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama in its native Britain; and, thanks to Hulu, it will undoubtedly expand its fan base here in the United States.

Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite the show's flaws and occasionally slack pace, I found myself really enjoying the Season 1 finale, partly because I'd become particularly attached to Nathan and Kelly (Lauren Socha), the show's most winningly depicted screwups.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Misfits: Series 1

  • Aug 06, 2016
    Despite its flaws, Misfits somehow makes its premise work, thanks to a quirky presentation and Robert Sheehan's prominent performance, though both its writing and pacing could be easily upgraded.
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  • Jan 10, 2017
    i heart this show (2 viewings)
  • Sep 22, 2016
    If the tv show Heroes and the Suicide Squad had a baby in the universe of the X-Men, you’d breed something similar to Misfits. Despite some really stupid superpowers (like the girl who has the “power” to make any guy try to rape her?), the show is actually quite intriguing. It’s a short season (just 6 episodes), and the stories are as varied as can be. There’s a really neat Butterfly Effect type episode, and a lot of really strange, stupid (but funny stupid) situations these dorks find themselves in. Plus, we get to see Game of Thrones most hated Ramsey Bolton in an early acting role. The last episode was a letdown, but the final scene was hilarious and keeps you wanting more.
  • Mar 03, 2016
    Misfits has an extremely interesting plotline, but its lower budget, occasionally unclear setup, and its much-older actors make it hard to get into what's going on sometimes.
  • Jun 29, 2015
    I would HIGHLY recommend this show. Crude humor, an original story, and great acting make this show witty and unpredictable. Each character is unique in their own right, with well written backstories that could span their own spin-off. Particular kudos to Robert Sheehan, as his character Nathan is exciting and hilarious, even with no "superpowers". Although their were very few episodes, this season never lacked in the detail department. Overall this show remains one of my favorites that I have watched this year.
  • Sep 13, 2014
    Nathan Young: "I'm no doctor, but you see the way the side of his head's all caved in like that...?". This show is weird, strange and straight up off the walls, but that's what made this show so good. The character Nathan Young is by far the best character of this show, his just so funny and his lines are at times funny and true. "We're a bunch of young offenders. Not one of us knows how to steal a car? This is pathetic". - Nathan Young.
  • Aug 02, 2014
    A Good Mix Of Humor And Drama In This Amazing Thriller Which Hooks The Viewer In, Amazing!
  • Apr 17, 2014
    great show and worth checking out. very real and down to earth in its making.
  • Mar 01, 2014
    So much better than Heroes.

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